Claims Court Awards Landowners $7M For Mo. River Flooding

Law360 (December 15, 2020, 4:28 PM EST) -- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has said the federal government owes over $7 million to a trio of landowners as compensation for the serial flooding of their private properties near the Missouri River due to a conservation initiative undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Judge Nancy B. Firestone ruled Monday that the Corps increased the severity of flooding caused by the Missouri River when it shifted its priorities in the early 2000s from flood control to environmental restoration. Consequently, the government owes three bellwether plaintiffs over $7 million in collective damages for the devaluation of their property, the...

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